Genital Herpes - what is it?
Genital Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2.
Virus type 1 produces cold sores of herpes. Genital herpes spreads by
sexual contact. Any kind of sexual contact will infect you with genital
herpes if your partner is a carrier. Oral sex is equally contagious.
Herpes never gets eliminated from the body. The virus will remain for
life in your body. Please find out more about the treatment of Genital
herpes. Treatment is done only when genital herpes flares up. Till then
the virus will remain dormant in the body. You may get one or many
flare-ups in your lifetime. After you treat genital herpes flare up, the
skin heals again and the virus goes back in the dormant state. As I
said earlier, it never gets out of the body.
After getting the virus because of sexual contact you may not show
the diseases for many days. After that also the initial flare up is many
times so mild that the patient commonly ignores it. The second flare up
that may occur anytime after the first flare up may be severe. The time
gap between the two flare-ups may be months or years. The typical signs
will be ulcerating sores on the genitals, fever, muscle ache etc. women
may develop ulcerating sores inside genitalia and cervix. If they don’t
show any sores outside, this flare up may be treated for some other
diseases unless a proper blood examination is performed. Many times the
first and the subsequent flare-ups are equally severe. It is also seen
that some people only get one incidence in their life and herpes does
not return after that. Genital herpes flare-ups cannot be predicted.
When the flare-up is severe, it discomforts a lot. The sores that
ulcerate on the genitals and near the anal area can be quite painful.
anyone gets a flare-up of Genital herpes he/she should keep away from
any sexual contact till the skin heals totally. You area very active
carrier when you have a flare up of genital herpes. If your partner has
any flare-up, protect yourself by abstaining from any sexual contact
Whenever you get a flare up of genital herpes, your doctor will
prescribe anti viral medicines. This will shorten the period of the
flare up and also reduce the intensity of the symptoms. After the
treatment, herpes virus goes back in the body and remains dormant till
the next flare up.